27 Aug '12, 4am

Rape Survivor Eve Ensler Responds to Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comments

Rape Survivor Eve Ensler Responds to Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comments

Missouri GOP Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin comments on his reasoning for opposing abortion even in cases of rape – or should I say “legitimate rape” – have deservedly received much criticism over the last few days. Of all the commentary I have read, there is one piece that for me struck a real chord. Playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s response as a rape survivor brought me to tears while I simultaneously clapped and cheered as I read her powerful words. Here are the parts that meant the most to me. Rape is Rape “The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority. It delegitimizes and undermines and belittles the horror, invasion, desecration they [rape survivors] experienced. It makes them feel as alone and powerless as they di...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/rape-survivor-eve-ensler-resp...

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